National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a nationwide observance that sheds light on the disease’s impact on women and girls. Every year on March 10, and throughout the month of March, thousands of people, advocacy organizations, and local and state public health officials hosts events and share facts about HIV/AIDS.
HIV/AIDS is a serious public health issue for women and girls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV. Of those people, one in four (25%) is a women 13 or older. Here in Northeast Louisiana the percentage of women living with HIV is higher than the national percentage; 32%. Approximately 27,000 women have HIV but do not know they have the disease. Together we can:
- Encourage women and girls to get tested and know their status
- Help decrease the number of women who are HIV positive
- Increase awareness of safe practices to prevent HIV infection
- Help people become aware of the levels of care and treatment
GO CARE encourages all sexually active women and girls over the age of 13 to get tested at least annually. GO CARE offers free HIV testing and counseling Monday through Thursday 8 to 4:30 and Fridays 8 to 2. No appointment is necessary.